Dr Michael Barlow

B.Sc. (Hons), MSc (Liverpool) Phd (Stanford University)


Michael Barlow joined the University of Auckland in 2004. His main research interests involve the analysis of large text databases in order to increase our understanding of the cognitive representation of language (a usage-based perspective) and to make progress is understanding L2 acquiisiton and improving language teaching. As part of that endeavour, he has been creating text analysis software (MonoConc, ParaConc, Collocate, and more recetly WordSkew). He on the editorial boards for the International Journal of Corpus Linguistics, Studies in Corpus Linguistics, Routledge Frequency Dictionary Series, and the English Language Research Journal and is associated with the Asia-Pacific Corpus Linguistics Association.

Michael travels frequently in Europe and Asia to give talks, classes and workshops. More details are available here.

Research | Current

Corpus linguistics, corpora and language learning, contrastive analysis, idiolectal variation.

Teaching | Current

On leave 2018.

LANGTCHG 311 Text Analysis and Technology for Language Teachers

LANGTCHG 751 Corpus Studies in Applied Linguistics

LANGTCHG 752 Computer Assisted Language Learning

Postgraduate supervision

Ye Jin: An Analysis of shang/xia in Chinese
Thi Ngoc Phuong Le: Move Structure and Phraseology in Mechanical Engineering Articles
Van Vuong Nguyen: Metaphors in Vietnamese Economic Discourse

Guangsa Jin: 2016. Genre Knowledge for Intercultural Communication: A Contrastive Genre Analysis of Thesis
       Opening Sections Written in China, New Zealand, and America
Sai Ma: 2016. A Study of Fictive Motion in Chinese
Vaclav Brezina. 2012. Epistemic Markers in University Advisory Sessions: Towards a Local Grammar of Epistemicity
Jianxin Wang  2011. Contrastive Connectors in English and Chinese: A Corpus-based Study.


Visiting Researcher, Linguistics and English, University of Lancaster 2013-2017

Adjunct Associate Professor, Linguistics, CU Boulder, 2014-2018

Invited to teach 2-week intensive course on Corpus Linguistics, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand, August 2018.

Areas of expertise

Corpus Linguistics, Cognitive Linguistics, Text Analysis Software

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Barlow, M. (2016). WordSkew 1.1 [Computer software].
  • Barlow, M. (2016). WordSkew: Linking corpus data and discourse structure. International Journal of Corpus Linguistics, 21 (1), 105-115. 10.1075/ijcl.21.1.05bar
  • Barlow, G. M. (2015). MonoConcEsy [Computer software]. Related URL.
  • Barlow, M. (2014). Ordering of elements in learner corpora. In S. Ishikawa (Ed.) Learner Corpus Studies in Asia and the World Vol.2 Papers from LCSAW2014, 2, 127-136. Kobe, Japan: Kobe University.
  • Barlow, G. M. (2014). A Situated Theory of Agreement. New York: Routledge. Pages: 344. Related URL.
  • Barlow, G. M. (2013). Individual differences and usage-based grammar. International Journal of Corpus Linguistics, 18 (4), 443-478. 10.1075/ijcl.18.4.01bar
  • Barlow, M. (2011). Corpus linguistics and theoretical linguistics. International Journal of Corpus Linguistics, 16 (1), 3-44. 10.1075/ijcl.16.1.02bar
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/15832


Contact details

Office hours

By arrangement.

Primary office location

CLL - Bldg 207
Level 2, Room 205
New Zealand

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